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  • Can divorce cause PTSD?
    The short answer is, going by the NHS definition, no, PTSD is not caused by divorce. However, trauma is trauma and the mental scars of a marriage or relationship breakdown can be far-reaching and often present themselves as symptoms associated with PTSD. What is PTSD? Coined in World War I, shell shock was used to... […]
    Stowe Family Law
  • Denmark reins back on liberal divorce laws
    At a time when we are in the process of making major reforms to our divorce laws, it is always useful to see what other countries are doing (regular readers may recall that back in March I looked at a report comparing divorce laws in other jurisdictions). I was therefore interested to read a news... […]
    John Bolch
  • The myths of cohabitation
    The concept of a common law husband or wife is a complete myth. If you live together and are not married you have substantially less legal rights. Rachel Roberts from the Stowe Family Law Leeds office explains more in this short video…  You can read more articles on the unique issues that face cohabiting... […]
    Rachel Roberts
  • Husband, at the end of his tether, applies for wife’s committal for breach of order
    Only the most vindictive person would genuinely want to see their former spouse committed to prison. Even where feelings run high, the vast majority of family litigants would therefore consider an application for committal to be an action of absolute last resort. And so it was in the recent case Grose v Grose (which, incidentally,... […]
    John Bolch
  • A week in family law – Cafcass figures, domestic abuse and Calderbank offers
    The latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for June 2019, have been published by Cafcass, and once again the picture of a long-term downward trend in care cases, and a long-term upward trend in private law cases continues. In that month the service received 1,021 care applications, which is 5.1% (55 applications)... […]
    John Bolch
  • What does a 21st century family look like?
    The view from the President of the Supreme Court. Last Friday I mentioned here a speech that Lady Hale, the President of the Supreme Court, gave to the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice on the 1st of July entitled ‘What is a 21st Century Family’. I thought I would take a closer... […]
    John Bolch
  • The difference between a recital and an order
    I’m sure that many non-lawyers would assume that everything contained in a court order is equally enforceable. After all, a court order is a court order, isn’t it? Well, not quite. Court orders actually have two parts: recitals and, somewhat confusingly, orders. What, then, are ‘recitals’, and why are they separate from the orders? A... […]
    John Bolch
  • Five ways to care for yourself through a divorce
    I was thrilled to notice the arrival of the first wellness festival in Cheltenham. Running from 9 – 15 September this year, the festival has been described as a week-long immersive festival that will open people’s eyes to the world of wellbeing. I frequently advise my clients going through a divorce or separation that self-care... […]
    Louise Chipchase
  • A case on legitimacy in 2019
    I suspect that the vast majority of the population would think that the whole idea of a child being ‘illegitimate’ had long since been consigned to the dustbin of history. Surely, we are no longer concerned with such an archaic concept that discriminates against a child simply because his or her parents were not married... […]
    John Bolch
  • Fairness to the respondent under the new divorce system
    The concept of ‘fairness’ is, of course, at the very heart of our legal system. It means that the system should be fair towards all parties. Thus, for example, when any type of application is made to a civil court, the respondent should not be at any disadvantage merely by virtue of not being the... […]
    John Bolch